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Updated: April 28th, 2012 3:40pm
Caleb King jailed for alleged assault that left man with broken skull

Caleb King jailed for alleged assault that left man with broken skull

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was in Anoka County Jail on Saturday afternoon after being arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm that left a 22-year-old Coon Rapids man in serious condition at a local hospital.

King, 24, was listed on the jail's inmate roster as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday and his mugshot appeared on the jail's website.

According to a statement issued by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, the alleged victim is hospitalized with a skull fracture, facial fractures and injuries that required more than 50 stitches to close; and a possibly "very serious" brain injury.

The incident allegedly happened at the birthday party of a female friend of King's in Oak Grove. King denied assaulting the man to police, saying the man simply fell to the ground while they were speaking.

The release from the sheriff's office emphasized King has not been formally charged.

King declared for the NFL supplemental draft last summer after being declared academically ineligible for his senior season at Georgia. He wasn't drafted and ended up signing with the Vikings for a $5,000 bonus.

He was waived in the final roster reduction, spent most of the season on the practice squad and then was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 26. He was inactive for the season finale.

"Just was made aware of it today and I don't have any further comment on it right now," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said a few hours after the story surfaced. "We're still collecting and gathering information, but we are aware of the situation."

According to a release from the sheriff's office, the allegations are as follows:

There was a birthday party at the location for a 21 year old female friend of King's, hosted by the female's parents. Both King and the alleged victim were invited guests. Allegedly, at around 0315 hrs, the victim teased King about his resemblance to a celebrity, which King took offense to. The victim went outside to wait in a vehicle for a ride home, when King followed him. King allegedly confronted the victim outside of that car and struck the victim in the face. The victim reports he got into the car and locked the passenger door. The victim called 911 on his cell phone; however, King allegedly opened the driver's side door and pulled the victim outside. The victim alleges that King struck him multiple times about the head and face with his fists and threw him, head first to the ground. The victim states that he was then assisted inside the house by the homeowners with the substantial set of injuries. The victim alleges that he asked the homeowners to call 911 as he needed emergency medical care, but the homeowners refused, stating they would drop him off at his home.

The victims 911 call was received, and although there was nobody on the line, the cell phones GPS coordinates were captured and an Anoka County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched. The homeowner, however, told the responding Deputy at the time that there was no problem at the residence and that nobody needed assistance, despite the assault that had just happened and with the knowledge that the victim was inside with very serious injuries.

Eventually, the victim was taken to Mercy Hospital where he remains in serious condition. The suspect, King, was arrested without incident at the address on 192nd Ave. King denies assaulting the victim and states the victim simply fell to the ground when King was talking to him. At this point, King HAS NOT BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED, but remains in custody at the Anoka County Jail. King was booked for Assault in the Third Degree, but the decision to formally charge King and what to charge him with will be made by the Anoka County Attorney's Office early next week.
Kings booking photo is available on the Anoka County Sheriff's Office website under the "Inmate Locator" tab.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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